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Dead Men Tell (1941)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  28 March 1941 (USA)
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A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.

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Sheila Ryan ...
Kate Ransome
Robert Weldon ...
Steve Daniels
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Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Donald Douglas ...
Jed Thomasson (as Don Douglas)
Kay Aldridge ...
Laura Thursday (as Katharine Aldridge)
Paul McGrath ...
Charles Thursday / Mr. Parks
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Bill Lydig
Truman Bradley ...
Capt. Kane of the Suva Star
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Miss Patience Nodbury
Lenita Lane ...
Dr. Anne Bonney
Milton Parsons ...
Gene LaFarge
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Eccentic, elderly matron Patience Nodbury has a treasure map she's inherited from Black Hook, her pirate ancestor. To foil a mysterious thief who has tried to steal it, she divides it into four pieces, three of which she gives to fellow passengers booked to sail on the Suva Star, an old wooden sailing ship chartered for a treasure hunt on an offshore island. She is convinced that, according to family tradition, Black Hook will visit her before she dies. When the peg-legged "ghost" does just that, and she suffers a fatal heart attack, Charlie and Jimmy are faced with a boatload of red herrings including Bill Lydig, an escaped convict, Gene LaFarge, a certifiable neurotic accompanied by a personal psychiatrist, and the embittered Captain Kane, who was marooned on a deserted island by his ex-partner and vows revenge. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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SPINE-CHILLING MYSTERY AND HILARIOUS ADVENTURES ABOARD A TREASURE SHIP! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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The twenty-eighth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

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When Jimmy Chan is in a tavern, while he is crouched down against a wall, a dart is thrown at a target near him. When he rises, the guide wire can be seen for the dart against his dark sweater. See more »

Quotes

Bill Lydig: [looking at treasure map] Is it the real McCoy?
Charlie Chan: Quite possible McCoy.
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"Man has learned much who has learned how to die."
9 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

"Number Two Son" Jimmy Chan (Victor Sen Yung) sneaks aboard a ship about to embark on a treasure hunt. Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) comes looking for him and finds a murder to investigate with a boatload of suspects.

Exemplary entry in the Toler Chan series. Eerie, moody atmosphere with some of the best cinematography and direction of any of the Chan films. Lots of close-ups. Nice cast includes George Reeves, Milton Parsons, and pretty Kay Aldridge. Jimmy Chan is on screen a lot in this one, so if you're not a fan be prepared. I happen to like Jimmy and I didn't think his comic relief here was too much, as some have said. Treasure maps, pirates, talking parrots, and even a future Superman -- what's not to love?


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